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Strong lineup for NBA Dunk Contest could signal sagging event's revival

Forecast: Dunks
The NBA Dunk Contest has waned in popularity since its golden era in the late 1980s, when Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins were putting on iconic aerial displays. But if it were ever going to make a comeback, this could be the year.

The signature event of All-Star Weekend -- let's be honest: the game itself is a snoozefest -- got a much-needed infusion of star power this year. Among the contenders are: the defending champion, who won it as a rookie; the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year; a former No. 1 overall draft choice; an additional top-10 draft pick from each of the past two years; and, oh yeah, the guy who did this in a game and pretty much rendered the Dunk Contest a moot point.

Check out the dunk-porn video above to see the contestants in action, and learn more about them in this handy slideshow:

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LEON J. ALLEN February 15 2014 at 9:37 AM

it's still nothing unless your head line stars take part i.e. Labron James, Blake Griffon, DaWayne Wade, etc. then it will be worth watching again.

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TCorrellii February 15 2014 at 12:49 PM

Drop the Rim , 3 feet,... I could do the same thing!!

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reste0123 TCorrellii February 15 2014 at 1:56 PM

but YOU cant do it at 10 feet now can you?

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kirwani TCorrellii February 15 2014 at 7:32 PM

ha ha ha at least you are being honest TCorrellii!

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Perry February 15 2014 at 7:51 AM

Big Deal................Monster guys putting the ball DOWN the basket. Basketball has turned into a
joke..................College basketball is much more of a delight to view.

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crujr2 Perry February 15 2014 at 8:46 AM

I totaly agree.

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enigma crujr2 February 15 2014 at 6:27 PM

Maybe so but, you still can't dunk!

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loser1leo February 15 2014 at 3:22 PM

I think it's time to raise the hoop. It not how good you are but how tall you are.

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kirwani loser1leo February 15 2014 at 7:31 PM

Really?! Because Nate Robinson is not even 6 feet tall and won the contest 3 times!

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Ralph & Cindy kirwani February 15 2014 at 8:23 PM

Yes REALLY!

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crujr2 February 15 2014 at 8:45 AM

Its a big waste to watch a bunch of over paid spoiled men dunk a baskeball all around the court. Most of the dunks are illegal in a real game anyway. I have gone threw out the years watching real basketball games to watching spoiled bunch of over paid men crying about what they can and cannot have, with so many tattoos that if you saw them in person would scare the hell out of the average kid, what are those tattooes going to look like when there up in age???

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enigma crujr2 February 15 2014 at 6:24 PM

If I believe you've been watching the game for several years now, I'd assumed that those young men with tattoos would look a lot better than you at any age and to top it off---with all of your wrinkles today, which are of course, scaring the heck out of kids, neighbors, relatives, and people alike!! It's a shame and travesty to the community!!

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janka51 February 15 2014 at 10:21 AM

this sport was ruined 40 years ago

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Charles February 15 2014 at 11:20 AM

You say revial, then list a bunch of names nobody wants to see. Put the big names in the game and make it HORSE style slam dunk.

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steve035135 February 15 2014 at 11:51 AM

Why is it when anyone discusses the NBA, they either make the assertion that the players are all "thugs" or they bring up how much money they make? Are people REALLY that jealous?

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LARGEHUMAN February 15 2014 at 2:48 PM

Grown men putting a ball through a wire ring ??? Thrilling .......

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mlbbblder8909 February 15 2014 at 9:50 PM

If you get excited over watching 6'-7" black guys dunk a basketball your probably gay!!!!!!!

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